Akademi, the UK’s leading producer of Indian dance, is marking three important centenaries (WW1, the birth of Indian cinema and the first ever short story published in Hindi) with The Troth, a production of dance theatre which reveals the contribution and sacrifice made by Indian soldiers in the Great War. Following its premiere in India in February and UK tour this spring, The Troth will be presented at Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre as part of Alchemy on 5 May and returns in November 2018 for a tour to co-incide with the centenary of the end of WW1.
The Troth is based on Usne Kaha Tha, the renowned Hindi short story written in 1915 by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri. It is the tale of soldier Sardar Lehna Singh, his vow to his childhood sweetheart and its tragic outcome on the battlefields of Belgium. The Troth unfolds the poignant narrative through an interplay of image, music and dance.
Award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke leads the creative team. The original score by Shri Sriram (British Composer Award 2016) integrates European music of the WW1 era with Indian music in the Punjabi operatic folk music style from a Heer vocalist. Josh Hawkins’ film meanwhile draws on early Indian silent cinema and film noir to provide the stylistic backdrop redolent of the time. The cast of six is drawn from both South Asian and contemporary traditions, including Vidya Patel, Kathak dancer and finalist in BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2015 who has recently performed with Richard Alston Dance Company.
“The Troth is an eye-opener about aspects of the First World War that haven’t already been exposed during the centenary” Jann Parry, DanceTabs
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